Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday In Talkeetna
Today was launch day for Tim Hewette & Chris Cannon's West Buttress Expedition team - Ross Bustos, Adam Helman, Andrew Hillery, Rick Hitch & Jim Perkins. They all enjoyed an unseasonably hot summer day as they packed, the temp in the shade got up to 80 F. (I'm hoping Rob got some pics of them at the airport to add here...)
A blast of wind came in just a few minutes ago and nearly blew away all the gear strung out on the lines from the 12-day Mountaineering Course that returned today. The students reported that they enjoyed awesome weather on the Pika and had an amazing time. Instructors Julia (Niles, aka Juice!), Hugh and Matt reported that the students were awesome and learned a ton. They all went to town for dinner together.
Tom Torkelson and the Traverse Team called in to test the Sat phone around 6 pm from Ski Hill. They cached at 10,000 feet (Kahiltna Pass) today and plan to move to 9,500 feet tomorrow. They are all doing very well and are already missing their loved ones! He said everyone sends their love - Tom sends his love to Ceci. I told him we were taking good care of her!
Brian McCullough and Todd Passey called in as well today from Kahiltna Pass. His crew was doing great. They were retrieving their cache from the basin below them at the 11K camp. They are hoping to do a front carry to 13.5K tomorrow.
Greg Collins and Dan Corn called in and said their team is strong and moving very well! They are already established at 14 camp. Rupert is super strong and dialed and he said they were going to be heading up ASAP. We wanted us to keep track of the NBA for him.
He said Postle left 14 around 8:30PM tonight. That will put them in BaseCamp by morning as long as they don't get caught in a white out or something. Depending on where on the list they are they could be out tomorrow morning, assuming it is flyable tomorrow.
Gotta go batten down the hatch - gusts of wind and a drop in temp - Prepare for Rain!
~Julia (Queen of Paperwork)